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Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
Gronkowski was a maniac on the floor. Harrison did not approve. (Ryan Wilson,

By Ryan Wilson

There was plenty of blame to go around In the hours and days following the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from media and fans (and family members) not accustomed to losing. Of course, this is what happens when the hometown team wins three Super Bowls in five seasons and Tom Brady begins his postseason career by going 10-0.

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Depending on your perspective, any number of people were at fault for the outcome: Brady, Wes Welker, Bill Belichick, the defense and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was limited by a high-ankle sprain.

But it wasn't Gronkowski's lack of production, or even that he didn't battle Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn for a Brady arm punt that became an interception that upset his critics. It was his after-game exploits that got some folks worked into a lather.

In case you missed it, Gronkowski, along with teammate Matt Light, were spotted dancing (topless, no less!) at an Super Bowl party hours after the game.

Scandalous, we know.

(If the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence isn't obvious enough, we'll just repeat what we said on the Pick-6 Podcast: what's Gronkowski supposed to do? Sit in his room and cry himself to sleep? Will that make him a better player for the Pats' next game in six months? No? So what's the problem then?)

This makes no difference to NBC analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is very upset with Gronk's decision to gyrate his hips after a loss.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN 1000 in Chicago (via PFT). “There’s no reason for that to happen.”

Oh god. Nothing like an old-timer invoking old times. Yes, Rodney, we know. You had to walk 10 miles to practice, uphill each way, you didn't have shoes and it always snowed.

(Worth mentioning: back in September, the aforementioned Bruschi happily called out Chad Ochocinco for tweeting. We have yet to hear his mock outrage over Gronkowski blowing off steam early Monday morning.)

Harrison wasn't done. 

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” Harrison said. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

Rodney's right: there is a time and place for everything. Time: after the season is over -- check. Place: party where music is played and dancing is encouraged -- check.

This is almost as ridiculous as Gronkowki having to apologize for having his picture taken with a porn star. Almost.

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Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:54 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It's truly comical that one of, if not the dirtiest player in the last 20 years feels the need to point out what is right and wrong.  It would only be an educated guess to assume that Harrison ranks in the top 10 all time in fines, which underscores his always flawless decision making skills.  Moron.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:53 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Remind me not to invite Rodney to my next dance festival. The dude's a downer and I don't need him "ringing heads" of the guests if he doesn't approve of their rendition of the mamba or the electric slide. Also; tell Tedy Bruschi to chill out and continue his kissing up to Bob Kraft in the owner's box and keep his "Patriot commandments" to himself and those other has-beens.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:44 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

MisterC must feel as though 2 grown men should have taken they're shirts off alone in a room together and danced to some Luther Vandross. "behind closed doors" ?? really dude? after a long season they deserve to have some fun. It's a game after all and when the season is's done! nothing to do but try harder next year...should they remain indoors all offseason and pop valium and go into recluse?  I don't think so. get a grip people. It's grown men playing a game. There's always next year. This one night of dancing certainly will not affect the way they play coming into camp next summer. i'd bet on that!  GO G-MEN!!!! wooohooo!!

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:41 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Ah, yes!  There it is...the Gospel of the Old Skool!  "Have no fun, ye players of the football.  Victories celebrated not with whimsy, but with additional study of ye playbook.  Losses to be decried as the foulest of the foul, filth from which there is no cleansing.  Go now, and lose no more!", so sayeth the dudes that played in any year prior to, uh, this one. 

Nice job, Wilson, for calling it like it is:  the opinion of a former professional, who didn't like the fact that a current player didn't treat the Super Bowl loss as a tipping point for a decision on whether life truly was worth living.  Gronk played the game, his team lost.  He's a kid, who just happened to have one of the very best seasons anybody playing his position ever had.  But he's still a kid!  So he wants to go out and blow off some steam.  He didn't go on a drunken rampage, didn't hurt anybody (that we know of), and got his party on.  What would you prefer, St. Rodney of The NBC?  What exactly is the time frame here?  Is it....a week?  The next day?  A month?  How long before a kid playing pro ball can go out and party after his team lost the Super Bowl?  Now, if he did something completely stupid, like miss a key play because he was texting, or if he ran the wrong route because he was checking out the babes while in the huddle or something, then yeah, he might want to lay low for a while.  But Gronkowski didn't lose the Super Bowl, did he?  No, in actually, the score wasn't New York 21 - Rob Gronkowski 17.  The PATRIOTS lost the Super Bowl.  It was a team effort, and a team loss. 

The Old Skoolers just crack me up.  Everybody was damn-near perfect back then, and everybody now is a sluggish hack who couldn't hold the protective equipment of almost anybody who played before them.  And men were men, and they played with bones sticking out of their mouths and blood vessels ripped wide open, bleeding like a geyser, and they didn't even play for money!  The winners got their HEADS KICKED IN and DAMMIT, NOBODY SAID A WORD and blah blah blah.....know what, Rod?  Even on YOUR teams, there were players who were immature kids, and you'd better believe they would've partied like their lives depended on it after they lost the Super Bowl.  To say anything to the contrary is to deny human nature. 

Or you sincerely believe that, when a kid is faced with "Pics/time spent with porn star"  or "Party like a beast" versus "Sit quietly, and shamefully ruminate on your loss", they would pick the...latter?  That's a cute idea!  Really!  No...(snicker)...seriously!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:38 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is still beating himself up over the Tyree catch - he said so during the Super Bowl pregame show. It's little wonder that he would take exception with anyone who doesn't denegrate themselves after a loss. The dude is wound too tight. It's even evident during his telecasts.

My recommendation for Mr.Harrison would be to seek professional help or, instead of criticizing Gronk and Light, he may want to take a page from their book and just let it go. Yes, it was a big game but it's over.


Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:35 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Besides, it wasn't like Gronkowski got forever posterized this last Sunday like Rodney Harrison was 4 years ago by David Tyree...

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:31 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Mister C 78:  This comment is retarded.  "Behind closed doors?"  Oh, I'm sorry, was the party outside in a field?  Anywhere a football player goes to party, there will be these things called "other people" there, and these "other people" might take "cell phone pictures."  Suddenly is the party not closed off enough for you?  Should they sit in their hotel room and play Madden together for a party?  After the season ends you're allowed to do whatever you want as long as you aren't breaking the law or endangering yourself, and some drinking is not reckless endangerment.  Football is their job, then they go home to their personal lives.  People calling them out for going to a party after their season is over is just ridiculous.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:30 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

First of all, who are you to judge where and when these guys can do anything?  Behind closed doors and out of public view??  Sounds like a fun time to me.  Out of public view for a super bowl player right after the game is in a closet somewhere.  Win or lose, I'm sure these guys are just happy the season is over.  I can only imagine the pain and stresses of an entire NFL season, much less being a top tiered player under 24/7 scrutiny and being in a Super Bowl.  Geez, give these kids a break. 

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:29 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Football is a game. I am not saying that the first thing I would do after losing the Super Bowl would be to go out dancing. However, after such a let-down, what is wrong with a guy going out and blowing off a little bit of steam? Undoubtedly you have to be disappointed but in order to be successful in sports, you need to be able to move on. I don't think Gronkowski was in the wrong or should feel sorry for partying. Besides, everyone lets off steam in different ways...
Harrison needs to get a life. He isn't a Patriot anymore and has no business sticking his nose in a current Patriot's business off the field.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:25 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

You know what is funny? A persons memory. I was in the Gas Lamp District in a bar and who walked in? Rodney Harrison, he bought a round for the house and left with a very attractive patron.The reason I was in San Diego was to collect on a bet after the Chargers lost. Yes they lost big but that man had no problem hanging out.

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